Dressing for Navratri — that nine-night fiesta

Navratri is round the corner and it’s time to buy chaniya-cholis, Kutchhi kediyas and accessories. Mirror shows you how…

Even as the song Munni badnaam… from Dabangg dominates the charts, chaniya-cholis worn by the actress are making their way into the market. With just a fortnight left for the nine-night fiesta to begin, young boys and girls were seen making a beeline to markets at Law Garden and Rani no Haziro to pick up the best for Navratri.

Youngsters have no qualms spending thousands on traditional outfits. Boys splurge up to Rs. 2,000 for an outfit while girls go up to Rs. 50,000.

This is high-end stuff. Revelers can buy outfits for as little as Rs. 400, too. Men can get kediyus and dhotis with simple embroidery work for this amount.

But if they add a readymade pagdi (turban) then it will set them back by another Rs. 400. With dupattas and mojris, the amount will touch  Rs. 1,000.

An outfit for Rs. 20,000 would include an embroidered safa (turban), kediyu, choirni (chudidar pyjama) and gumkho (an embroidered shawl that is wrapped over the choirni on the waist). As far as accessories go, the men can sport ornaments like ear-rings, neckpieces, kadas and armbands.

For Rs. 1,000, a woman can buy a simple kediyu/choli, chaniya and an embroidered chunni. Accessories would cost anything from Rs. 50 to Rs. 10,000 .

A Kutchi chaniya-choli can set a girl back by Rs. 50,000. A Rajkoti — which is not as heavily embroidered as the Kutchi – will cost anything from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 15,000.

For those, who do not want to splurge a lot and yet sport a different look every night, rental shops are at hand. Outfits for kids are loaned for Rs. 150 to Rs. 250 per day. Men and women can get outfits for as little as Rs. 150. The ceiling rate is Rs. 1,000.

“Traditional dresses for kids too command a good price. Kutchi kedias are available for Rs. 800 to Rs. 1,000,” said Amit Patel owner of Anand Seasonal Store at Mansi Crossroad in Satellite.

He adds: “Rentals differ from area to area. In areas populated by people from the economically weaker section, rent ranges from Rs. 50 to Rs. 150 per day. In posh areas, it ranges from Rs. 150 to Rs. 1,000 as the quality of clothes is better.”

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